In light of some specific questions/prayers last week, here is the line up of words the Lord gave us last Wednesday night (2/26/14) when we went to bed:
From our main Scripture confession list ~
“God is our REFUGE and STRENGTH, An EVER-PRESENT HELP in trouble. Therefore we WILL NOT FEAR, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. There is a river (the Holy Spirit) whose streams make glad the city of God (us), the Holy Place where the Most High dwells. GOD IS WITHIN US, WE WILL NOT FALL; God will help us at break of day. Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts. The LORD Almighty is with us; THE GOD OF JACOB IS OUR FORTRESS. Come and see what the LORD has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire. He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our Refuge (our Fortress and High Tower).” (from Psalm 46)
Next, a word from Ivan Tait’s book:
This was so that, by two unchangeable things [His promise and His oath] in which it is impossible for God ever to prove false or deceive us, we who have fled [to Him] for REFUGE might have mighty indwelling STRENGTH and strong encouragement to grasp and hold fast the hope appointed for us and set before [us]. Hebrews 6:18 AMP
“…I am the Anchor Smith. I make UNMOVABLE, UNSHAKEABLE anchors. My anchors hold any ship, any size, anywhere. Let the winds blow, and let the rains come. Let the floods raise their ugly heads, and your anchor will hold. Let the sand lift and move. Let the world cry out in instability. It doesn’t matter; your anchor is divine. Your stability is eternal. Nothing can move you from My place of security and STRENGTH. … I have preprogrammed your anchor to hold you safe though it all. Stand still, stand CONFIDENT, and rescue everyone who is not on your boat, perishing all around you. Do this, and I will be very pleased with you. Love them as much as I have loved you.” (Copyright © Ivan Tait, Letters from God)
Finally, from our Healing confessions book, the page that includes this confession:
“Even if the mountains are shaken and the hills removed, the Lord’s Unfailing Love for me will not be shaken, His Covenant of Shalom Peace will Never be removed! He fashions and adorns me as an IMPENETRABLE FORTRESS of sparkling jewels. My children are His disciples, taught by Him, and they also enjoy His great Shalom Peace. Because I am established in Righteousness through Faith in Jesus, I am completely delivered from all oppression and harm. I WILL NOT FEAR! Any attacks that come against me …WILL NOT SUCCEED. NOTHING CAN OVERCOME ME. I WILL BE VICTORIOUS OVER EVERY ATTACK BECAUSE I KNOW MY COVENANT WITH GOD THROUGH CHRIST!” (Isaiah 54:9-17)
We were in awe of the consistent theme throughout each of these words, with additional confirmations of things He’s been emphasizing lately. (The Anchor Smith word was additionally significant b/c He’d just given us another series of words before this, using an analogy from ships – not to mention the obvious continued immovable, unshakeable…theme, and the consistent message with the other words about our stability in the midst of the instability of the world around us). I also noticed that FORTRESS was a theme in what He was speaking! “FORTRESS” continued to come up several more times in the past week (as well as additional “SHIELD” words/confirmations from the previous notes – including Gen 15:1 and Psalm 18 again, and Psalm 33). So, I typed these original 3 words up a few days ago and we were asking the Lord if we were to share publicly.
THEN, last night before church, we finished a movie we’d started earlier in the week. It was one we had been drawn to at the library after asking the Lord to lead us to anything He wanted us to see. We knew nothing about it previously, but when we read the back cover we saw that it was a Christian film showing that science does not contradict the Bible, but is merely catching up to the truth of God’s Word. (Our pastor mentioned things last night – word for word – that we had JUST been talking about in light of that film – once again leaving us in jaw-dropping awe!!!)
Though we don’t know that we agreed with everything the film suggested (though we do agree science is just catching up to the Bible), it did contain some confirmations of some of the concerning things mentioned in the Hobbit note which caught our attention. And we were further amazed when it ended with this prayer ~
“Lord, the earth is Yours and everything in it. You made the heavens and all their starry host, the earth and everything in it. You are our REFUGE and our STRENGTH, our EVER-PRESENT HELP in TROUBLE. Therefore we WILL NOT BE AFRAID, because we are Yours, and You are our FORTRESS” !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
As this prayer was being prayed, the camera panned away from the one praying to a wall hanging with this passage,
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 46:10″
This brought us back full circle to the same passage from the first word in the series of 3 that God had given us exactly a week earlier (and seemed like the perfect way to confirm that He did want us to share this message).
Praying we are all becoming securely established in Him and His Word so that “though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging,” and though “nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall…(and) the earth melts,” that we will be within the IMPENETRABLE SHIELD and IMPENETRABLE FORTRESS of the Lord, confident and without fear, immovable, unshakeable, unbreakable, and unstoppable in our pursuit of His call, and willing to lay down our lives to rescue all around us who are perishing!
Blessings and Prayers!